By Ashley Denny.
Jonathan McLaughlin, out of Mauldin High School has caught the eye of the Clemson Tigers and several other Division 1 programs lately, and TCI got the chance to speak with McLaughlin about how he’s dealing with the recruiting process so far and where Clemson stands with this 6-5, 280 pound offensive tackle.
First of all Jonathan, how are you liking the recruiting process so far?
It’s been going pretty well, I’ve been starting to visit the schools that are interested and have continued to keep an open mind throughout the process.
Which schools have either offered or shown interest in you so far?
Well I traveled to Wake Forest over the weekend and they offered me then, and I’ve also gotten a lot of interest from Clemson, USC, East Carolina, and Georgia Tech. I’m visiting USC and Georgia Tech this week so we’ll see what happens there.
Which of these schools contacts you the most often do you think?
Probably Wake Forest, but the other schools contact me pretty regularly too.
Do you have a leader as of right now?
No, it’s too early for me to tell right now, I have medium interest in all of the schools that have shown interest in me.
Are you planning on taking a visit to Clemson?
Yes, I’m probably going to Clemson for their Spring Game. See Coach Powell was my recruiter before he was let go, so Coach Pearman has taken over for him in recruiting me but I haven’t heard from him as often as I did Coach Powell. But I’m still very interested in Clemson.
What’s one thing about Clemson that stands out to you in the recruiting process?
Well I’ve visited Clemson a few times last year with Ryan Norton for a few football games and I absolutely love the atmosphere in Death Valley. I also got to meet Coach Swinney while I was there and he’s a great guy. I like Clemson a lot.
What’s your strongest quality that makes you such a desirable recruit?
I’d say I’m very athletic and quick off the ball. I’ve also been told that I’m a great pass and run blocker and have a great frame.